WARREN – The traffic backup in the eastbound lane of the Massachusetts Turnpike following a tractor trailer crash was about five miles long at 10 a.m., a State Police spokesman said, and the cleanup from the accident continues.
Trooper Thomas Murphy said the tie-up was caused by a crash between two tractor trailer units. The crash forced the State Police to close the breakdown lane and the right-hand travel lane around the accident scene.
Murphy said one unit has been removed from the roadway but the second required that the cargo be off-loaded before the wreckage could be towed away.
Workers are also contending with a fuel spill from one of the tractor units, Murphy said.
Officials hope to have the debris removed and all lanes open by noon.